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#1 Spenn

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

The original article is here; I took the liberty to distill it down to the TLDR version. All credit goes to Dulfy, author of the original.

1. Use Bandage when you're down

You can continue fighting when you're down with three abilities that vary with your profession. The fourth ability (on the extreme right), Bandage, is shared by all:

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When you're in a group, it's a good idea to use Bandage to regen some health and avoid getting killed by the mobs' AoE attacks, for example.

If you drop to the Defeated state, you can still be revived by other players to avoid waypoint costs (edit: you will incur repair costs as soon as you are defeated. Thanks Sharkinu). The last resort, of course, is to rez at a nearby waypoint.

2. Turn on Auto-loot

Auto-loot is an option you can turn in in the options window. You still need to go near a sparkling corpse and press F to loot the corpse, but you don't get a disruptive pop-up box. Items magically go into your bags.

3. Turn on Fast-Cast Ground Targeting, or not

Usually, when you use a spell that requires you to target the ground, you are given a targeting reticle to place on the ground so there is a small delay there as you try to position the reticle. With this option enabled, the reticle no longer appears, and the location of your mouse cursor becomes the location where that particular spell is dropped.

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Personally I leave it off because it's easy to misfire important AoE abilities in the heat of combat with FCGT on.

4. Explore the world for rewards

Getting waypoints is important, not only for fast travel, but because they are your rez points as well.

Getting all the waypoints, tasks, skill ups and POIs on a map will grant you some stuff in the mail:

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5. Check your mail for rewards

Everytime you finish a task for a NPC, you will receive a message in the mail. While most of it is just the NPC thanking you for helping them, you should check the bottom left corner of the mail as it often contains coins that you can simply press Take All to receive them!

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6. Join your friends in other cities

Press H and click on the PvP tab (bottom one, marked by crossed swords).

Click 'Be in the Mists' and you'll be instantly teleported to the PvP lobby. Run across to the other side to the next area called Hall of Memories.

Once you're there, go left and you will see a purple Asura gate. Going through the gate will bring you to Lion's Arch (The other blue gate will take you into WvW PvP).

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At Lion's Arch, head to the Grand Piazza and that should bring you to the Asura gates for the main cities for all the other races.

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7. Get your gathering tools

Resource nodes are specific to the player - if you have gathered from a node, that node will disappear for you but still be available for others. No need to fight for nodes.

There are three gathering tools available and you can equip all of them at once. These are the harvesting sickles, logging axes and mining picks. They come in stacks of 100 (axe and pick) or 50 (sickle) and gets used up over time as you gather things.

Gathering tools come in various tiers, you will need to upgrade to the next tier while gathering items in a high level area or you will get nothing but junk.

Merchants near the armor repair NPCs usually sell them.

Sometimes you can score upgrades that can be used in the upgrade slot of your armor/weapons while gathering. This means that gathering is useful for non-crafters as well.

Other sources of gear upgrades, besides gathering, include crafting and quest rewards.

8. Salvage everything

Salvage kits can be used to break down old armor into mats.

They come in different grades, with higher grades having a higher chance of obtaining rarer materials and keeping the upgrade components on the item.

The crude and basic kits can be purchased from city and karma merchants. The basic kit has a 10% chance to obtain rare materials and 20% chance to recover upgrades.

9. Bank it instantly

Send mats to your bank by right clicking them and select the option Deposit Collectible.

The bank can be accessed at major cities, just look for the yellow icon with a bag inside it.

There are separate tabs for crafting materials and regular items so you don't have to worry about crafting mats clogging up your bank either! The bank is also shared account wide, giving easy access for all your characters.

10. Just mail it

You can't trade directly with other players. Instead, you can simply mail the item to them! You can access your mailbox anywhere, anytime.

You can't mail stuff to your alts. Bank space, however, is account-wide.

Edited by Spenn, 05 May 2012 - 03:49 PM.


#2 SirWillyBear

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:51 AM

I tried using the mail during the BWE and it took around 50 min for the mail to arrive, is that normal or will it be fixed when GW2 launches? Any idea?

Nice tips btw.

#3 Scarlet_Blossom

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:52 AM

Great tips, but as you said yourself mostly useful for newbies.

#4 Spenn

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:54 AM

View PostSirWillyBear, on 05 May 2012 - 08:51 AM, said:

I tried using the mail during the BWE and it took around 50 min for the mail to arrive, is that normal or will it be fixed when GW2 launches? Any idea?

Nice tips btw.

The mail time seems to vary a bit, anywhere from less than five minutes to an hour. Maybe it depends on server traffic?

#5 TheGizzy

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:58 AM

View PostScarlet_Blossom, on 05 May 2012 - 08:52 AM, said:

Great tips, but as you said yourself mostly useful for newbies.

Technically, we're all still newbies.

#6 Alex Dimitri

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:02 AM

Good basic guide (doesn`t matter if it`s for new players) it helps and it should be more guides like this and "pinned" so new people wouldn`t get lost on forums searching for this kind of answers.
About mail, it depends on how many people are online, beta was pretty much crowded thus long time to get mail.
I think i saw in one video (Yogscast) he send weapon to his buddy (Lewis) and he got it instantly (that was in Press Beta) !

#7 SirWillyBear

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:06 AM

View PostSpenn, on 05 May 2012 - 08:54 AM, said:

The mail time seems to vary a bit, anywhere from less than five minutes to an hour. Maybe it depends on server traffic?
Hm maybe. When I tried a different character I mailed most of my money to a friend who'd mail it to my new character. But since it took so long to arrive I thought something went wrong at first lol.

#8 Arava

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:10 AM

Nice tips, but couldn't these get merged in the existing Neato's Tips & Tricks Guide (front page).  
As I didn't complete an area fully, this is the first time I see this

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Getting all the waypoints, tasks, skill ups and POIs on a map will grant you some stuff in the mail:
Nice! :)

#9 krone6

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:21 AM

View PostSirWillyBear, on 05 May 2012 - 08:51 AM, said:

I tried using the mail during the BWE and it took around 50 min for the mail to arrive, is that normal or will it be fixed when GW2 launches? Any idea?

Nice tips btw.

It depends on server resources. If the server is busy, it'll take longer to process your request. When i mailed two items it took 3-4 seconds at most.

#10 SirWillyBear

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:46 AM

View Postkrone6, on 05 May 2012 - 09:21 AM, said:

It depends on server resources. If the server is busy, it'll take longer to process your request. When i mailed two items it took 3-4 seconds at most.
Ah ok ty.

#11 Milennin

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:49 AM

Nice, I didn't know about getting a reward for exploring all the points in an area.=O

#12 Waar Kijk Je Naar

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:58 AM

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If you drop to the Defeated state, you can still be revived by other players to avoid repair costs.
Anyone able to confirm this?

#13 Yol

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:01 AM

View PostSpenn, on 05 May 2012 - 08:47 AM, said:

4. Explore the world for rewards

Getting all the waypoints, tasks, skill ups and POIs on a map will grant you some stuff in the mail:

I like this! It's a pity that something like this doesn't apply to the cities as well though (for completing waypoints and points of interest).

We really should have a combined thread for hints, tips and miscellaneous goodies that you didn't know about.

Edited by Yol, 05 May 2012 - 10:12 AM.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:05 AM

View PostWaar Kijk Je Naar, on 05 May 2012 - 09:58 AM, said:

Anyone able to confirm this?

its not true, in fact, one of the main reasons they put repair in the game is because people would do this to bypass respawn fees in the previous system.

your armor breaks when you enter the "defeated" state.

#15 Spenn

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:44 AM

View Postmjpalmer, on 05 May 2012 - 10:05 AM, said:

its not true, in fact, one of the main reasons they put repair in the game is because people would do this to bypass respawn fees in the previous system.

your armor breaks when you enter the "defeated" state.

Thanks, I'll have to confirm this for myself in the next BWE.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:21 PM

Some nice tips there. For 1. what I tended to do was use my down skilled that either distracts or blinds the mob hitting me and then spam bandage to give me more survivial time.

The other thing I did was if engaging a group of mobs, I left one on low health so if I got one-shotted I'd refocus on the mostly dead one allowing me to rally more easily.

#17 Korvin

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:50 PM

I played the whole BWE and I didn't know some of these things.  Great guide, hope it gets stickied.

Are you saying that you can SEND to your bank while not in town and then review it's contents later when IN town?

#18 Alphaonedawg

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:52 PM

Thank you very much, great post... I really enjoyed reading it!!!

#19 Azelle

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

Unless you played beta months before the beta event #1 we are all new players so I would not name these tips "for newbies", more like "10 useful tips" we'll see newbies 6 months after the game lauch haha. Good compilation it covers most of the questions we often were seeing in local chat plus some more (I was wondering about reaching other cities myself). Thumbs up!

#20 Spenn

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

View PostKorvin, on 05 May 2012 - 02:50 PM, said:

I played the whole BWE and I didn't know some of these things.  Great guide, hope it gets stickied.

Are you saying that you can SEND to your bank while not in town and then review it's contents later when IN town?

Yes, you can deposit stuff into the bank from anywhere, but you need to be at the bank to make withdrawals :)

#21 Sharkinu

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:31 PM

I can confirm the defeate state. The moment you die one piece of your armor breaks. The armor doesn't break when you use a waypoint while dead. If you're defeated and waiting for someone else to revive you you will only save the money to use the waypoint.

Also the reward for clearing an area(all skillpoints, waypoints, points of interest and heart quests), I think is always coins, an armor piece, a weapon and 20 pieces of crafting material. That's what I recevived after clearing both norn areas. Cant remember what quality were the items from first zone(level 1-15), but from 2nd zone both were green quality

#22 Spenn

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:35 PM

View PostAlphaonedawg, on 05 May 2012 - 02:52 PM, said:

Thank you very much, great post... I really enjoyed reading it!!!

Credit goes to Dulfy, who did the original guide:

http://www.playgw2.c...w_players.shtml

I merely condensed her tips to make them more readable.

#23 Korvin

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:44 PM

View PostSpenn, on 05 May 2012 - 03:22 PM, said:

Yes, you can deposit stuff into the bank from anywhere, but you need to be at the bank to make withdrawals :)

This might be the first time in 12 years of MMOs that I actually use my bank then!  Thanks for the tip.

#24 bhavv

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:13 AM

I knew next to none of those things! Nice to know.

#25 Spenn

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:22 AM

View Postbhavv, on 06 May 2012 - 12:13 AM, said:

I knew next to none of those things! Nice to know.

Knowledge is power! ;)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:29 AM

Fast Ground Targeting is bad and you should turn it off. :)

#27 h0tangel99

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:38 AM

Great thread. These tips aren't only for Newbies either ;)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:43 AM

You can simulate FCGT by double tapping the skill's hotkey.

#29 Georgie

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

For #1, I suggest pointing out that Bandage is a channel.  The natural reaction when you go down as a newbie is to just start pressing all of the buttons (including unused ones) and not read the descriptions.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:26 AM

I think this would fall under a moar meaty bit of advice than a tip but here goes.

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Edited by Ansel, 06 May 2012 - 07:45 AM.